John E. Hall - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

John E. Hall

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 416-367-6643

University of Windsor

Client Comments

"I have worked with John for approximately seven years on a variety of different projects. John is able to provide timely, cost-effective legal advice on a wide range of matters relating to our financial services and investment funds business. John is pragmatic in his analysis and is able to provide practical, common-sense advice. When needed, he is able to call upon a large group of other professionals to assist in the matter, while never losing the fact that as the lead counsel he must - and does - stay on top of the delivery of the entire service to us. John is service-oriented and is timely in his responses."

"John is the leading practitioner of investment fund law in Canada. His in-depth knowledge of the law and strong relationships with key regulators are only trumped by his client focus. His answers are practical and are delivered on a timely basis. John is extraordinarily accessible and, to the extent a legal issue is outside his practice area, he ensures that his BLG colleagues are very accessible. "

"I have worked with John for almost two decades and through that time he has emerged as one of the top securities' lawyer in the country, particularly in the area of investment fund companies. His knowledge is exceptional but, more importantly, his ability to apply that knowledge in a pragmatic way to help us deal with business issues has been invaluable to our organization. John is the "go-to guy" for us and many of our competitors in the investment fund industry."

-James Cook
Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Franklin Templeton Investments

"John Hall is one of the leading legal professionals on investment management issues in the country. His vast experience, sage, and practical advice and guidance have been instrumental in building our business to be a leader in the industry. I would unequivocally recommend John Hall."

-Ian Niven
President & CEO
BMO Harris Investment Management Inc.

"John, as the national leader in his firm's investment management group, is an extremely capable, knowledgeable, and experienced lawyer, and is recognized as a leading practitioner in this area in Canada. John is very well connected to the investment funds industry and is an invaluable source of external legal advice. He brings an in-depth understanding, not only of the law but of the regulators, the industry, and accepted practices and standards. John is recognized for his sound judgment and for providing clear and practical advice that is always on point with regard to complex and difficult issues. John is also very responsive and timely with his advice. He is a very effective communicator with individuals at all levels of our organization, and is a very enjoyable person to work with."

-Jeffrey Meade
Chief Counsel
RBC Asset Management Inc.

"I have worked with John Hall for 16 years as a client. He is an outstanding investment funds lawyer. Not only does he have an excellent grasp of the technical issues in our industry, but advice is also very practical. Truly, I find the partnership I have with him absolutely invaluable. John also has very strong interpersonal skills. There isn't anybody I know who doesn't absolutely enjoy all their interactions with John. In stressful situations, he remains calm and considerate. John also manages an outstanding team of investment professionals who continue to provide excellent service. I feel privileged to work with John and his team. "

-Sian Burgess
Senior Vice-President & Deputy General Counsel
Fidelity Investments Canada ULC

"John has in-depth industry knowledge that is second to none. His style is to be matter-of-fact and unassuming; I have known John a very long time and have never once seen him stand on ceremony or speak "de haut en bas." (Being Canadian, I had to make at least a token gesture to our other official language!) I have found his calm, unflappable manner to be very reassuring to internal clients. John is also very responsive to client feedback, which permits candid and open discussion, an invaluable feature of a long-term relationship. "

-Susan Han
Senior Vice President, Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
DundeeWealth Inc.

"John Hall is the premier investment funds lawyer in Canada. He is one of the most practical, business-oriented lawyers I have ever dealt with. He consistently is able to distill difficult legal concepts into simple, practical, easy-to-use solutions. He has an excellent appreciation for the business and regulatory pressures faced by his clients, which shows up in the quality of advice and speed of delivery."

Office Location

Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower
22 Adelaide Street West
Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 4E3

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Mutual Funds Law of the Toronto Metro Area2010 Lawyer of the Year in Mutual Funds Law of the Toronto Metro Area
John E. Hall has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!John E. Hall has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2010!

Practice Areas

Mutual Funds Law
Securities Law